Therapeutic Technique – Myotherapy
As society faces and increasing number social and physical stresses, people are turning to myotherapy as an alternative for painkillers and muscle relaxers. Due to the stresses of prolonged sitting in front of computers or working on assembly lines, people are contracting sore arms, stiff necks and painful back spasm. Myotherapy is a method to alleviate the pain and place the body back into a healthy state.
What is complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine (CAM)? CAM, as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered part of conventional medicine (NCAM, 2002). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines five therapeutic categories, which myotherapy falls into the manipulative and body-based methods category (NCAM, 2002).
• Alternative Medical Systems
These systems, practice and theory have developed apart from traditional medical systems. Examples are homeopathic and naturopathic therapies.
• Mind-Body Interventions
This encompasses techniques to enhance the mind's ability to change bodily functions and symptoms. Examples consist of prayer, mental healing and therapies that use art, dance or music.
• Biologically Based Therapies
This therapy uses natural substances, such as herbs, foods, and vitamins to build your body and mind. Any therapy that makes claims that are not supported by the popular scientific community would fit this category. An example is "horny goat weed" to treat male potency and libido issues.
• Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
This therapy involves manipulation of the muscles and or joints of the body. Examples include massage, myotherapy, and osteopathic treatments.
• Energy Therapies
The therapy involves the use and manipulation of energy fields…